MECH 558


Catalog Description: This course presents the concepts of chemically reacting systems (flames) along with many practical applications. Topics include chemical equilibrium, chemical kinetics, premixed laminar flames, diffusion flames and environmental issues.


Textbook: An Introduction to Combustion: Concepts and Applications, Stephen R. Turns, Third Edition, McGraw Hill, 2011.

Location and Meeting Times : MWF, 10:00 to 11:00 p.m., ENGR B2

Instructor: Anthony J. Marchese               Download Course Syllabus Here

Office: A103 H Engineering

Lab: Engines and Energy Conversion Lab
Phone: (970) 491-2328

home and objectives
    Upon completion of this course, each student will be able to:
  • Calculate adiabatic flame temperatures using the concepts of chemical equilibrium.
  • Predict how equilibrium composition will shift with varying pressure and temperature.
  • Derive the Arrhenius rate expression from simple kinetic theory.
  • Explain the explosion limits of the H2/O2 system using chemical kinetic arguments.
  • Explain qualitatively the chemical oxidation mechanism of alcohols, alkanes and aromatics and explain the NTC region in alkane oxidation using elementary chemical kinetic arguments.
  • Assemble detailed chemical kinetic mechanisms and model zero and one-dimensional chemically reacting systems using CHEMKIN software.
  • Calculate premixed laminar flame speed using phenomenological arguments and perform complex laminar flame calculations using CHEMKIN software.
  • Determine the evaporation rate of a liquid pool and the burning rate of a liquid fuel droplet.
  • Explain the formation mechanisms of NOx, HC, CO and PM in combustion systems and how to design systems with low pollutant formation.
course outline and notes
homework assignments
combustion links
combustion research
rules and grading

Colorado State University • Fort Collins, CO 80523 • Phone / 970.491.2328
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